30/30: Trains. Feelings. Serving.

12 11 2007

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Last Saturday was family night out at the movies. On our way there, we got stopped at a train crossing. We waited for the end of the train…and waited…and waited some more. We waited so long that by the time we got to the theatre the only seats left were in the second row.

When I talk to people going through relationship difficulties, I always tell them feelings are the caboose on the train and serving is the engine. You make the decision to serve them and, as you wait, God will begin to transform your feelings. Our problem is we want the feelings to come first. We want to feel like doing something before we actually do it. We say things like “God as soon as you heal my heart then I’ll serve them.” We let our feelings dictate our actions, but Christ is calling us to do the exact opposite. Christ calling us to serve regardless of our feelings. Serving is simply this. When you see a need, meet it and when there is something that needs to be done do it.

In Galatians 5: 13-16, Paul writes, “For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.”

Now that you have been set free by Christ…now that you have been invited into a relationship with God…now that you have been served by Christ, you have the opportunity to serve and do for others what Christ has done for you. Serving opens to the door to heal your relationships and transform your feelings. This week, when you see a need, meet it. When there’s something that needs to be done, do it. In doing so, you will be fulfilling the whole law.

This Sunday, our Life Rules series continues, “The Courage to Encourage”

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